Sunday, 21 October 2012

Duckweed and lichen



Yes, I know they don't have six legs, but what the heck!

Hoverfly larva?

What I assume to be a hoverfly larva on a nettle leaf at Priory CP, presumably looking for its next aphid...

Spindle Seeds

There is something oddly un-English about spindle pods and seeds in the autumn countryside. They look too oriental to me! Now at their best.


Omnivorous Cricket

I'd always assumed that bush-crickets were herbivores, but after looking at this picture of a Dark Bush-cricket once I'd got home from Priory CP today, I realised that it was eating a snail. A bit of googling confirmed that they are actually omnivores. Learned something new today (but will probably forget it again fairly soon...)


Here's a couple of un-chewed snails. There were plenty of small ones on nettles.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Potter around Willington

A pleasant potter in Willington this afternoon revealed more than I'd hoped:

Quite a few Common Darters still around. Here's a female and male waiting on the old station  platform:



One Common Alder tree had several Speckled Bush-crickets basking in the warm sunshine. Here's a female taking a dump (sorry) and a male:



Fresh robin's pin cushions, also known as bedeguar galls, on dog rose caused by the gall wasp Diplolepis rosae


A rather tatty female Migrant Hawker taking a rest:


 Quite a few of these Heteroptera which I presume to be Pantilius tunicatus on Common Alder:



 An Angle Shades moth sitting out the day at the side of the cycle track:


 A couple of very small beetles, presumably Chrysomelidae. Sorry, I forget what plant they were on.


 Oh, and another Comma. You can't, have, too, many, Commas. (Well, maybe you can):

Sucking on a Woodlouse

Can't say that I've ever seen a spider feeding on a woodlouse before, so in case you haven't either, or want to see another, here's a snap from last night in my garden. Afraid that I can't tell you the species of either.


They average 11 legs each, so not sure what they are doing on "six legs"...!